Using the scenarios provided in each task, you will compose each of the three components of a cyberwarfare
defense report. Your report should be formatted in Arial 12-point font and double spaced. The defense report in its
entirety should be written for the Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO). The defense
report has been broken into three tasks; each task should be submitted independently for scoring. For this task,
you will write the cyberwarfare history portion of the defense report, which should be 1–2 pages long.
You are a cybersecurity analyst on a security team at Red Cell 637 Defense, a DoD contractor specializing in cyber
operations and defensive strategies.
High-ranking federal government officials informed your team that recent intelligence shows an advanced
persistent threat (APT) is looking at exploiting supply chain vulnerabilities against the computers that operate the
Western Interconnection power grid.
You are to assume that this APT originates from either a well-funded nation state or terrorist group. The APT has
been able to probe and map the network over the course of several months. The officials have given your team
access to classified intelligence indicating that the currently unidentified group may be planning to install malicious
malware within the grid’s computer network that will disrupt power to eleven states.
Your team has been asked to work closely with the DoD, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other
federal stakeholders to strengthen the security and safety of the power grid and its related computer information
The federal agencies responsible for critical infrastructure protection want to ensure that the Western
Interconnection power grid computer network has the strongest possible defense while ensuring continued
operation. They formally request that your team analyze common vulnerabilities in SCADA
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCADA) networks such as the western power connection grid, and then apply the
Cyber Kill Chain to determine how this adversary could have exploited the vulnerabilities to attack the network. In
addition, you will utilize the NSA’s information assurance–based “Defense in Depth” (strategy as it relates to the
power grid’s computer networks to make recommendations for implementing stronger information assurance
measures and actions. You will compose a report with graphics, detailing your recommendations for securing the
network against future cyberattacks.